Sunday, September 03, 2006

Hypothetical Blast Scenarios

From my Raw Story article, Federal agency releases 'rebuttal' to 9/11 theories on the destruction of WTC towers:

In the face of polls which suggest that many Americans are skeptical about the government's official version of what happened on September 11, 2001, a federal agency has released a "rebuttal" to some prevalent "conspiracy theories" about the destruction of the World Trade Center towers.

A few days ago, as the five-year anniversary of the attacks approaches, the National Institute of Standards and Technology posted a FAQ sheet on it's website entitled "Answers to Frequently Asked Questions", based upon its three-year building and fire safety investigation.

"We get a lot of calls from people who have heard these theories," NIST spokesman Michael Newman told Newsday. "But we conducted what was probably the most complex investigation of a building collapse in history."


Much of the fact sheet deals with the "controlled demolition" theory, which the agency never actively investigated or pursued because they couldn't find any "corroborating evidence for alternative hypotheses."

Brigham Young University physics professor Dr. Steven E. Jones, a founding member of Scholars for 9/11 Truth, "a non-partisan association of faculty, students, and scholars, in fields as diverse as history, science, military affairs, psychology, and philosophy, dedicated to exposing falsehoods and to revealing truths behind 9/11," believes that NIST is wrong to dismiss other theories about why three WTC buildings "completely collapsed" on September 11.


However, at the conclusion of its FAQ sheet, the federal agency claims that it is "considering whether hypothetical blast events could have played a role in initiating the collapse" of the 47-story office building, WTC 7, which hadn't been struck by either of the hijacked airplanes that day.

"While NIST has found no evidence of a blast or controlled demolition event, NIST would like to determine the magnitude of hypothetical blast scenarios that could have led to the structural failure of one or more critical elements," the FAQ sheet says.

Full article at Raw Story.


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